World record high temperatures could fall in coming days - KMSP-TV

World record high temperatures could fall in coming days

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The same weather feature that will be giving us our pleasant temperatures to end June and start July will be giving parts of the west some record breaking heat. So hot, in fact, all time record highs are in Jeopardy over much of Arizona, Nevada, and California.

The all-time world record for hottest temperature will also be in jeopardy set in Death Valley, California almost 100 years ago to the date at 134 degrees.

As someone who has lived in Phoenix for several plus years, I can't even begin to describe how hot 120 degrees is. Even when it's considered a "dry" heat...it's miserable!

So what is the reason?? Well, this unusual kink in the jet stream allowing warm air to surge into the western U.S. and cooler air to fall into the Great Lakes and many other locations east of the Rockies.

 

This pattern is very typical of spring and fall, but over the summer, the jet stream will usually flatten out allowing for warm to hot conditions across much of North America. Similar conditions were noted back in 1913 when the current world record was set in Death Valley.

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